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A systematic review of professional identity in sport psychology

Quartiroli, A, Wagstaff, C, Martin, D and Tod, D (2021) A systematic review of professional identity in sport psychology. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology. ISSN 1750-984X

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The establishment of a strong professional identity (PI) among sport psychology practitioners (SPPs) has the potential to increase the likelihood of individual ethical working, awareness of professional roles, and ultimately, support of a more effective and lasting career. Nevertheless, there is currently no global consensus regarding a definition of sport psychology professional identity, which is imperative for ongoing advances in professional formation, training and practice. In this study, we conducted a systematic review of literature with the aim of developing an understanding of existing sport psychology professional identity knowledge. Following the PRISMA guidelines, we initially identified 4,393 research records, which we screened and assessed for eligibility reducing the sample of articles fitting our inclusion criteria to 25 manuscripts. We analyzed these articles by engaging in an inductive thematic analysis aimed at identifying patterns within the data and forming an organized, rich, and detailed description of the data. This analysis led to the development of four main themes: Formation of Professional Identity; Embodying Professional Identity; Influences on Professional Identity, and Challenges to Professional Identity. These data are discussed in terms of their implications for professional bodies and educational programs and their contribution to potential future research.

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Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology. Alessandro Quartiroli, Christopher R. D. Wagstaff, Daniel R. F. Martin & David Tod. A systematic review of professional identity in sport psychology. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1701 Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2021 10:35
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2022 00:50
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/1750984X.2021.1998577
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15696
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